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You can include Women In Distress (WID) as a beneficiary in your estate plan, will, living or charitable trust, gift annuity, or life insurance policy. You may also specify WID as a beneficiary of a bank account, Donor Advised Fund, commercial annuity, or qualified retirement plan such as an IRA or 401K. Through various planned giving vehicles, you can ensure that your philanthropic giving both helps advance the mission of WID and maximizes returns to yourself and your heirs.

There are many options from which you can choose. The correct plan balances what you wish to accomplish for yourself, your family, and your charitable interests in your overall estate and financial plans. Because these are such important decisions, you should work with professional advisors such as your attorney, accountant, and financial planner, and be sure to keep your family informed as to your wishes. Through careful planning and consultation, you can rest assured that your sharing will be used as you intend. Planned gifts provide the opportunity for your wishes to be articulated and agreed upon before your gift is completed.

US tax law is designed to encourage these types of gifts, and they may provide you with financial flexibility and tax benefits as well as the opportunity to truly help make a much larger impact in your community. You can make an immediate impact on domestic violence survivors and share your good fortune and accomplishments knowing that your gift’s impact may last for years, or forever.


Women In Distress is one of the largest, most stable non-profit organizations serving South Florida. Since 1974, WID has enjoyed exemplary programmatic and financial leadership, growing WID into a source of community pride.WID financial statements and independent audits are available to donors and their advisors annually. WID consistently earns Charity Navigator’s 4-Star rating, with Accountability & Transparency being a major component to the rating process.

Tens of thousands of lives are impacted by Women In Distress each year through its multi-faceted service offerings and Legacy Society members help ensure this work continues for future generations. It is important to know that new Legacy Society members join members of the volunteer Board of Directors, Trustees, administrators, and employees in remembering WID in their estate plans. That is, the very people who know the agency best have also chosen to make Women In Distress a part of their own legacy.

We welcome the opportunity to learn more about your wishes and are here to help you in any way we can. Our staff is ready to answer your questions, offer consultation, work with your professional advisors, and assist with your estate planning needs.

Michael Barron, Director of Major and Planned Gifts
954-760-9800, Ext. 1278

The Lasting Legacy
of Susan C. Gutman

Susan Guttman led a very philanthropic life and supported the work of several charities, helping our community grow and thrive through different missions. Women In Distress is lucky and grateful to be one of those charities. Both during her life and after her passing, Susan continues to impact the work of WID in stopping domestic violence abuse. Her generosity and commitment to the mission continue, and her memory lives on. For more than ten years, Susan consistently supported annual fundraising campaigns, such as our Back-to-School Drive, Thanksgiving Food Drive, and Winter Holiday Drive, bringing joy and hope for a violence-free life to survivors of domestic violence and their children in the times they need it the most. After her passing, Susan continues to make a difference for domestic violence survivors at Women In Distress with her Legacy Gift that will effect change for years to come. This is the difference you too can make.

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